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The population of this area of Southwest Michigan is nearly 190,000.
Lansing, the state capital, is about 60 miles east of Grand Rapids, and Caledonia is 15 miles to the southeast.
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum and the Spectrum Theatre are nice places to enjoy some quality time with your kids. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, continue on to Jester's Court and the Krupp Farms.
Take snapshots, admire the exhibits and find out about our fragile environment at the John Ball Zoo. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's most popular species.
Strap yourself in for some nail-biting action at the Grattan Raceway, the area's go-to racetrack for motorsports fans.
Bring along some lunch and relax for while in the leafy surroundings of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Huff Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lay about on the grass at Donald Lamoreaux Park and Provin Trails Park.
Spending time among nature does wonders for our body and soul. If you have the opportunity to take a break at Blandford Nature Center or Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, just say yes!
Take the family out for an intriguing afternoon at the Gerald R. Ford Museum or the Coopersville & Marne Railway, two popular exhibition spaces here. Ask a staff member about available tours or touring events. If you luck out and there isn't anything on, simply enjoy a stroll through the contemplative halls.
Art comes in many different shapes and sizes. When you start feeling inspired, go and see the impressive works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the LaFontsee Galleries.
Even if you're not a history buff, you'll surely see something that interests you at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. In addition to that, it might be fun to have a look at the displays at the Coopersville Area Historical Society & Museum or the Van Andel Museum Center.
Some say it's difficult to know what makes a place tick until you know its past. Thankfully, this destination has maintained a range of its most important heritage places. Among the most popular are Meyer May House, the Leonardo da Vinci's Horse and Voigt House Victorian Museum.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge and Village will be of particular interest to those with a passion for civil engineering.
With such a variety of educational institutions in the area, it's no wonder that it's such an exciting, youthful destination. Want to check out some of the campuses? The Grand Valley State University and the Davenport University are worth checking out if you're in the area. The Calvin College and the Aquinas College are also worthwhile options.
You'll soon discover why this area has a reputation as a prime shopping destination. Stay up to date with the latest trends, enjoy a meal or just enjoy the atmosphere at RiverTown Crossings Mall and Downtown Market. Fulton Street Farmers Market and Hudsonville Winery are also lots of fun to stop by.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to be entertained! Everyone will enjoy catching a show at the DeVos Performance Hall or the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. The Master Arts Theatre and the Dog Story Theater are two more hotspots for local and touring performers.
After experiencing all of the star attractions around Grand Rapids, consider stopping by a few of its lesser-known gems. The La Grande Vitesse and Patterson Ice Center might catch your eye. Also, contemplate seeing the Amway World Headquarters and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts if you have the time.
Accommodation in Grand Rapids
Finding a convenient lodging is a vital ingredient of any family trip. Expedia lists the best of the hotels in Grand Rapids.
If you feel like splashing out for a special occasion, check out the guest services at the JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids, at 235 Louis Campau Promenade Nw, and the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids, at 11 Monroe Ave Nw. The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton and the Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood may also be booked. The address of the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton is 187 Monroe Ave Nw, while the Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood is at 3000 Lake Eastbrook Blvd Se.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Patterson Ice Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodland Mall and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. Calvin College is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Situated in Grand Rapids, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Patterson Ice Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodland Mall and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. Calvin College is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Woodland Mall, Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, and Calvin College. Patterson Ice Center is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Patterson Ice Center and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Woodland Mall. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gerald R. Ford Museum and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Art Museum and Grand Rapids Children's Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Heartside, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and Grand Rapids Art Museum. Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Patterson Ice Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Woodland Mall. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Walker, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Meijer Corporate Headquarters and 3 mi (4.9 km) from DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center. Blandford Nature Center and Walker Ice and Fitness Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).